A neo-Nazi group called Nordadler, on the police radar for years, has now been banned by the German Interior Ministry. Its members believe in Adolf Hitler and anti-Semitism.
The neo-Nazi group called Nordadler (roughly: Northern Eagles) was banned by Germany’s Interior Ministry on Tuesday.Its 30 members profess allegiance to Adolf Hitler and aim to revive the National Socialist ideology.
The group promotes anti-Semitic and racist views and adheres to conspiracy theories, rejecting any form of state authority. The group had planned to purchase property in eastern Germany and set up training centers like those run by the more prominent Identitarian movement.
At these sites, they were planning to hold paramilitary exercises similar to the six-month mandatory service the Nazi regime introduced for young people.
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In a TV interview with public broadcaster NDR in 2018, one of the group’s members spoke about his and the group’s nationalist agenda. He confirmed property had already been purchased in Mackenrode, in Thuringia, as part of a plan for a National Socialist settlement project with like-minded people in rural areas.
The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Tuesday that members of the Nordadler had been planning terror attacks and had tried to obtain weapons, ammunition and explosive material. They were also found to have a list with the names of politicians they were planning to target. But in the right-wing scene itself, the group is seen as an ideological grouping rather than a full-blown terror unit.
At least one Nordadler leader has been found to have connections to Islamist extremists. In 2018, he was sentenced to a fine and community work for helping an IS sympathizer. The common denominator between Islamist and right-wing extremists, say German terrorism experts, is anti-Semitism.